Tag Archives: Neutrogena

This is my morning routine: alarm clock goes off at whatever ridiculous and ungodly hour Kendall has set it for (5:50 this morning? WHY?! We both know neither one of us are waking up at the time.). I fall back asleep until about 7:15 or so, complain that I’m cold and sleepy, and stumble off into the bathroom. My “primping” is easy (but always in this order or I get angry)- brush teeth, face wipes, moisturize, clothes on, dry shampoo, tinted moisturizer, blush, mascara, ponytail (or bun) and go. Backpack has all the same crap in it every day, keys and phone are hopefully somewhere I can find them quickly. Fingers crossed that my Uber ride will be $0 today or I take the bus. Don’t ask- I have no idea why or how I got that deal. Get to work, avoid Starbs because I know I have a pretty mug and free covfefe waiting for me in the office and hopefully a prepped breakfast too because I planned ahead on Sunday and hard boiled a bunch of eggs.

I literally just cannot be bothered in the morning. Probably to Kendall’s surprise, I’ve gotten better about this since childhood, when I used to lock one particular nanny out of my room because her voice was like nails on a chalkboard. Or I would cry into my Life cereal as my dad lectured me on the importance of breakfast. I wake up pretty naturally around 7 now, it’s just harder in the winter because it’s dark and cold. But I’m a busy girl with places to be and I don’t want anything slowing me down. So what are the biggest necessities for a girl on the go such as myself?

  1. Yes to tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes– I learned a long time ago that lazy face cleansing is better than no cleansing. These are the best face wipes I’ve ever used.
  2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Moisturizer SPF 20– Once you find a skin product that keeps you glowing and soft do not trade it in for unknown Korean crap that you may or may not be allergic to. This doesn’t have much coverage but my skin is so good when I use it consistently that I don’t need coverage. Plus there’s an SPF.
  3. CoverGirl Exact EyeLights Eye Brightening Mascara– If I wear no other makeup, I still rarely go anywhere without at least a swipe of mascara. I’m using this one now. I kind of love my green eyes and I have long, but blonde, lashes that need a little love. Automatic femininity with v little effort.
  4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo– I’m working my way through all of their dry shampoos. No complaints about any, but this one is definitely my favorite scent. I usually shower at night then braid my hair so there’s a little wave in it the next day. I dry-shamps the roots for volume and to get rid of shine.
  5. Like A Boss Stainless Steel Travel Mug (25% off until Christmas!)- Like I said before, pretty mug. Bonus points if I get to make my coffee at home and bring it with me! I have a Keurig but I actually brew my favorite coffee from down the shore in a reusable pod. I wasn’t co-president of Greeks Go Green for nothin’!
  6. Rivington Convertible Flap Petrol Backpack– Admittedly this is naht the backpack that I use. This is just my dream backpack. My current backpack is a well-loved Eddie Borgo for Target gem that I got on clearance for like $16. But Meaghan said it best here: I can’t even begin to tell you how much more enjoyable my morning commute is now that I have both arms free to eat a breakfast sammy or high five strangers.
  7. BONUS: Topknot mascara coffee tee (25% off until Christmas!)- Just in case you want to give credit where credit is due for your fabulosity, rock a shirt that lays it all out on the table.

What keeps you moving in the morning?

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!




Happy Friday! As exhausted as I am, this week has just flown by! I feel like all of November is going to be like that. I’m definitely getting ready for snuggle season and this whole “falling back” we insist on doing has me a little out of whack. I need lists on lists on organization to get me through the holidays.

Orange Polka Dot Planner Clip

Lately on The CaroLøve:

Tomorrow I’ll be working my little booth at the St. John’s Holly Harvest Festival, selling hard copies of the prints in my Etsy shop! I’m now also offering custom digital prints with your favorite quotes, song lyrics, etc. AND

ANNNNND…

I don’t know why it took me so long but I finally have a graphic t shop on Zazzle. I’ve wanted to design my own shirts since… forever! (A huge thank you to my sorority sisters for letting me design shirts for the house!) I have a few designs up now but I’m in major brainstorming mode for Christmas. You can find my designs right on the Shop page of my blog! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see for the holidays and beyond.

J. Crew is having a pretty awesome sale: 25% off full-price items including that new new with code GETSHOPPING.

I have been validated: I do NAHT need to wear heels for my wedding. (Not that I was going to anyway). via Over The Moon

Ok- so 2 weeks trying a new BB cream and here’s what I have to say about Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB Cream with Tea Tree Oil and Sebum Control Powder: It’s a good thing I’m fair because this stuff is LIGHT. Also, it smells great and the coverage is amazing but, honestly, it’s not doing a thing for my skin. I had high hopes and was excited to try it, but I’ll be going back to my fave Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer for everyday.

For the holidays, I’m putting together a gift guide of entirely women-owned small businesses. If you’d like to be included, shoot me an email {thecarolove@gmail.com}! There is no charge to you, as I just want to support small biz and women biz! I do already have certain vendors and won’t do repeat companies, but that is just about the only stipulation! For those of you who want to shop, let me know what kind of guides you’d like to see!

Have a great weekend!

 

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!




I used to have really bad skin. In middle school, my forehead was constantly broken out. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand how skincare worked so I was essentially burning my skin off with Stridex, causing it to produce more oil and break out more. Luckily, towards the end of high school, a friend of mine introduced me to a facial moisturizer that was actually made for skin prone to breakouts, and I got hooked.

Unfortunately, around this time, I also got hooked on full face of makeup every damn day. I was putting layers on layers of foundation on to cover the cystic acne that came from unhealthy lifestyle choices in college- not drinking enough water, drinking too much everything else, eating crap, not sleeping enough… you get the picture. My skin got very little time to breathe and I wasn’t worried a bit about providing it with any sun protection either.

While I still break out along my chin during certain times of the month, if I’m stressed/ sick, or if I don’t wash my face well enough when I do use foundation (maybe a couple times a month), my skin is so much happier with me now that I treat it with care, not aggression. This summer I’ve tried two products that I want to compare for my real-girl women on the go.

While we’re on the subject of makeup… my amazing sister in law is donating the entirety of her profit on her sales from her Limelight shop to victims of Hurricane Harvey through tomorrow night! If you were looking to try a new brand or color, now is it! Just join her VIP Facebook group  and click on any of the shopping links. I got myself a cupcake gloss!)

e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20||Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

While the e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20 had heavier coverage, it might have actually been too heavy. This may be a weird thing to criticize, but it was difficult to wash off my hands after applying it and left my fingers feeling dry. That being said, it did cover up my blemishes quite nicely- almost with the thickness of a foundation. It also left the same feeling on my skin as a foundation when I removed it, which I wasn’t crazy about. I do appreciate the SPF 20 as should we all, and for $6, it really packs a punch. Honestly, for that price, I’d probably buy it again to use as foundation in a pinch while traveling or if I run out of the real stuff, but I might not go back to it for my every day.

The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer is much lighter coverage. Enhancer is definitely the right word because it certainly doesn’t cover much. The trade-off is that my skin is happier with this product and there really isn’t a whole lot I need to cover. Honestly, if I do my whole routine with bronzer, highlighter, blush and all- this works plenty well as a base. By the end of the day, my skin still feels moisturized. It is double the price of the e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20- but that only brings it to $12.99, still making it budget friendly. There’s an SPF 20 in this one too and I have to claim it as my favorite for everyday face. Usually, it’s just this stuff, mascara on my top lashes, and out the door.


e.l.f. Cosmetics BB Cream SPF 20||Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

Let me know if you’ve tried either of these and what you think. Do you have a favorite everyday beauty product?

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!